Adding realistic loads in ANSYS FEA with bulk material simulation


  • Challenges of Heavy Equipment Design
  • Traditional approaches for calculating material loads
  • Getting realistic loads with bulk material simulation
  • Benefits of using EDEM technology with ANSYS
  • Case Studies: Austin Engineering truck bodies & Komatsu mining shuttle cars 
  • Introducing ‘EDEM for ANSYS':  Overview & Workflow
  • Live Q&A with our engineer

When designing heavy equipment such as bucket loaders, truck bodies and diggers, ANSYS Finite Element Analysis is commonly used to assess the structural integrity of designs. When performing such analysis, getting representative load data is critical to have confidence in a design and ensure its durability and performance.

When it comes to heavy equipment, a fundamental source of loading is the bulk material - like rocks, soils and ores - that these machines interact with. These materials are complex and highly variable in their behavior and predicting the loads they produce on equipment is challenging using traditional techniques such as hand-calculations, assumptions or hydrostatic pressure loads.

In this webinar we will introduce an alternative to those methods using EDEM bulk material simulation technology. We will provide an overview of ‘EDEM for ANSYS’ - a tool that enables to add realistic material loads directly into ANSYS Mechanical structural analysis.

Want to increase design accuracy and reduce assumptions & cost of physical prototyping? Watch the recording!

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Duration: 30 minutes + time for questions

Presenter: Callum Bruce, EDEM Engineer 

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8th November, 2018

“EDEM and ANSYS software let us simulate any on-site condition and demonstrate to our clients that each solution will meet their specific needs. The EDEM [integration with] ANSYS provides an easy-to-use and streamlined interface for performing realistic analysis of our equipment designs. With this capability we can optimize the design and performance of each Austin Engineering truck body.”

Lyndon Greeshaw, Mechanical Engineer

Austin Engineering

EDEM is the market-leading software for bulk material simulation.

Powered by state-of-the-art Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) technology, EDEM quickly and accurately simulates and analyzes the behavior of bulk materials such as coal, mined ores, soil, tablets, and powders.

EDEM simulation provides engineers with crucial insight into how bulk materials will interact with their equipment during a range of operation and process conditions.

Simulate Material. Deliver Results.